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A Look at Grooming for the Simple Man

If you’ve looked through the product review section here on MANE MAN then you know that there are a LOT of grooming products out there. It seems that I’ve made it my personal mission to try just about everything. This means that when something new comes across my desk I want to share my experience with all of you!

I recently had the opportunity to try out Simple Man products. These products are described as “salon quality male grooming products”.

For my trials with the products I spent some time with two varieties of shampoo, conditioner and body wash; one formulated with tea tree oil and the other with lavender oil. I personally liked both scents but found it best to keep both body washes away from my face or eyes as the scents/oils can be irritating.

That being said, the products work pretty well. Overall, I think that the body washes were actually my favorite of the bunch, keeping in mind that I am pretty finicky about what I use on my hair. The products are solid, there’s no doubt about that, but for someone with hair as dense and thick (and long?) as mine is as the moment, I needed more oil and slip to these formulations.

I particularly enjoyed the shampoo formulated with tea tree oil as it is so good for your scalp. The gentle tingle of tea tree oil is one I’m familiar with and I like to revisit as often as I can. I generally find the scent nice as well as it seems distinctly fresh and masculine in my opinion.

It should be noted that the products that I have actually used the most thus far are: lavender oil body wash, tea tree oil conditioner and teal tree oil body wash.  These are the products that I found myself going back to again and again without so much of a thought. The body washes aren’t drying and leave a nice, lingering scent for both the lavender and tea tree oil varieties.

Here is what’s cool about Simple Man….you can purchase a set of their respective body care lines for $35.00. With that you get a 16 oz. body wash, conditioner and shampoo with the scent of your choice. That’s not a bad deal, is it? And for those of you who live in houses with a couple of gents in the home, these are good quality buys for a reasonable price. As always, you get what you pay for and when you opt for better products that include actual oils (and not just synthetic ones) you get better results like moisturized and nourished skin and hair.

If you’re looking to keep it simple, give Simple Man a try.  You can view more about Simple Man at simplemanbrand.com.


Disclosure: Product for review was provided courtesy of Simple Man.

My Updated Regimen (Winter 2014)

Any time the weather changes, it’s important to re-evaluate your hair care and skin care needs.  Since the winter is now firmly upon us, I’ve made some slight suggestions to my regular regimen that I usually use during the spring and summer months.

There you have it! That’s my Winter 2014 regiment (so far).  I’m sure as the season continues to change some of these products will get placed on the shelf while I try out newer products.

How have you changed your regimen for the winter? How do you maintain healthy, moisturized hair when the weather is so dry and cold?

Product Review: Suave Naturals Refreshing Waterfall Mist Conditioner

refreshing waterfall mist conditionerI say again and again that a good conditioner is the best kept secret of having awesome hair. Guys, especially, tend to focus on simple routines and 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner products but no benefit can compare to that of a good rinse out conditioner. Today, I bring my review of Suave Naturals Refreshing Waterfall Mist Conditioner, which I found at my local Duane Reade a couple of weeks ago.

Price: For 15 ounces of conditioner, the product retails from anywhere from $1 to up to $2.50 online, making it an accessible option for those with limited budgets or those trying not to splurge on their product-junkie tendencies.

Consistency: Suave doesn’t rock the boat in terms of consistency in their products and with a company as large and established as Suave there’s nothing unexpected when you open up this bottle of conditioner.  It’s fairly thick and easy to use on the whole which makes for easy distribution.  The amount of slip was OK but nothing to write home about.  Overall, there was nothing special (either positive or negative) when it comes to product consistency or ease of use.

Scent: The scent itself isn’t bad per se, but I found it to be a bit strong.  The conditioner succeeds in delivering a “tropical waterfall” scent, so if that’s your thing then you will likely love this product. For my personal taste, it was a bit too strong and soapy/artificial smelling for that to be a positive.

Overall Impression: While Suave Naturals Refreshing Waterfall Mist Conditioner is an inexpensive and readily available option, I don’t think it’s much of a good value.  It has a fair amount of slip, which eases detangling, but the conditioner doesn’t offer much else in terms of benefit.  On top of that, “fragrance” is high up on the ingredient list which irritated my scalp quite a bit.  My verdict is, skip this one if you can or only use it if nothing else is available.  There are far better products around to keep your hair looking and feeling fresh.

Product Review: Mitch Double Hitter 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner

Double Hitter, Mitch by Paul Mitchell
Double Hitter, Mitch by Paul Mitchell

Mitch by Paul Mitchell is a high performance hair care brand designed to give consumers products that really deliver. Months ago I received a full sized bottle of the Double Hitter shampoo/conditioner combo in my Bespoke Post box and I found the results pretty surprising.

If you’ve been reading MANE MAN for some time now, then you probably realize how out of love I am with shampoo. I have a dry scalp and ridiculously dense, highly textured hair so shampooing is second only to the inevitable shaving difficulties that guys go through. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Double Hitter as it has a lot of “slip” which helps make shampoo day a lot easier.

The product also opts for arguably less damaging surfactants (see: cleaning agents) and does not include SLS which irritates my scalp to high hell. It manages to cleanse well while sliding through my strands and helping in the detangling. As another bonus, Double Hitter doesn’t have any heavy fragrances which often causes scalp irritation. Not to mention that it comes in a stylish and modern squeezeable tube that’s easy to use in the shower.

Overall, Double Hitter by Paul Mitchell is likely a great shampoo for a variety of hair types given its moisturizing properties. It’s well worth a try, in my humble opinion, and in all actuality should probably be renamed “Heavy Hitter” cause it really works. I look forward to what else the Mitch line of products has to offer.

Product Review: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

Source: NaturallyCurly.com
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

I think that having a good conditioner is probably the most important part of maintaining a head full of healthy hair. I go through bottles of conditioner like nobody’s business thanks to my super thick fro.  This is my second go round with the Trader Joe’s Conditioner so I’m a bit more comfortable sharing my impression.  Check it out!

Packaging: Overwrought package design can really irritate me, but thankfully Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle doesn’t hit that mark.  The packaging is simple and clean which I really appreciate.  However, the bottle is a bit of an odd shape for a conditioner (maybe a trapezoid?) but I also find it pretty easy to handle.  My main gripe about the packaging is that the font is a bit small to really encourage anyone to take time to read the ingredients and benefits of the product.  My eyesight has always been pretty solid and even I find myself squinting a bit when I want to check out the product’s benefits.  But, like I mentioned earlier, the unconventional shape allows for smaller hands to grasp it easily unlike something like Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner.

Consistency: I am consistently surprised by the consistency of this product. It has a lot of body which is both my favorite and least favorite part of this product.  It’s thick and creamy and the texture reminds me of the Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle which is definitely a good thing.  The only real downside to this is that it takes me a bit of coaxing to cover the length of my strands.  To help it along, after I smooth it on, I put some water in the palms of my hands and re-smooth.  That seems to get the job done!

Smell: So this smell is definitely not for the faint of heart.  The second ingredient is peppermint oil and this conditioner reeks of that menthol smell. It’s almost medicinal actually.  For me, it’s not my favorite part of the product but I don’t really mind it that much.  That being said, I think the scent is a big departure from many other natural products that have strong floral notes.

Price: This is where this conditioner really stands out. If you’re lucky enough to be near a Trader Joe’s then this is worth a shot while you’re stocking up on other items. For $3.99 you get 16 ounces of conditioner.  And did I mention the conditioner is all natural, organic AND cruelty free?  And again…4 bucks.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Overall Impression:  If you need a solid conditioner in a pinch then this is one to look for. Because of its great ingredients and exceptional value I have definitely incorporated this product into my winter regimen.  If you have a Trader Joe’s near you then it’s definitely worth a try!

Have you tried it? What do you think?

Product Review: Dr. Miracle’s Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner

Souce: TheBeautypot.com
Dr. Miracle's 2 in 1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner

I was running out of my favorite shampoo (Kinky Curly Come Clean) and needed to re-up so I decided to switch it up when I headed in to Ricky’s.  I walked in with no agenda and ended up buying Dr. Miracle’s 2 in 1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner.  I just used it last night so I wanted to share a quick review with you all in case you wanted to check it out.

Packaging:  The packaging on this product is as no frills as you’re gonna get.  Dr. Miracle’s products come in a simple brown box (seemingly recycled material perhaps?).  The whole line is pretty unassuming and I actually found it tucked away on the bottom shelf at Ricky’s. The bottle itself is nothing to write about and its pretty consistent with the outside packaging.

Consistency: This product is marketed as a shampoo/conditioner and when it comes to consistency it definitely falls in between those consistencies. It’s a thick, viscous product with an amber type color.

Smell: The smell isn’t for the faint of heart.  Menthol is the third ingredient listed and the product certainly reeks of it.  I personally enjoyed it, but I know that for some the smell might be too overwhelming.

Price: I think the product generally retails for over $7 but I got it on sell for $6.29 (for 6 ounces).  Not bad. Even without the discount the product is cheaper than my go to shampoo so I thought it couldn’t hurt.

Overall Impression:  I only used this product once but so far it turned out to be a decent buy.  I have a seriously dry scalp and enjoyed the tingly feeling while I shampooed with this.  I do feel it conditioned my hair but there was no way I could detangle my hair with just this product in so if you have thick, kinky hair like mine you’ll have to follow-up with a good conditioner with a lot of slip.  That being said, during application it felt like my hair a was being conditioned and it seemed to soften up my hair a bit.  Only time will tell if this will eventually be worth a repurchase. Since I only wash with shampoo once a week, I’m sure this shampoo will be sticking around for a while.

Does it really work?!

I recently stopped in to Afrigenix to get my hair cut which you might have seen from my previous post Chopped!  Well another part of my experience that I did not write about before was my stylist fawning over how much length I had achieved since I started to grow my hair out.  Now, I don’t claim to have the magic answer to help make your hair grow but all I know is, my hair grows like the weeds that ruin the pretty new sod in your front yard. Continue reading Does it really work?!

Product Review: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner

AOHR Moisturizing Conditioner

OK, I know what you’re thinking….Honeysuckle Rose?!  REALLY?!  Look, I hesitated to buy it myself but after reading so many good reviews online I just couldn’t resist.  And trust me, it’s just good enough to make you forget about all the flowers.  Plus it’s organic and that generally means good in my book.

As my hair has grown  I’ve realized how important it is to have a good conditioner.  Now, this stuff is a bit expensive (especially for the amount you get) BUT, this definitely is one product that the fro responds to.  I can’t really think of a time when my hair was so soft.  The only real downside to this product is the smell (and maybe if you’re embarrassed for it to be seen in your shower…got underneath the sink storage available?).

As you might have figured out, the conditioner has a strong floral scent because it features Honeysuckle and Rose Oils.  Personal note, no one has ever reported smelling the conditioner while in my hair so maybe that’s something you’d want to consider before purchasing.

I usually use this product as an addition to a cheaper, drugstore conditioner.  Lately I’ve been adding a little bit of this to the cheap conditioner before adding my styling product.  So, if organic products are important to you and you don’t mind a strong floral scent then by all means give it a try.  It’s definitely something I’ll treat myself to every so often because I don’t want to break the bank!  Check out the manufacturer, Aubrey Organics, online.
PS Aubrey Organics has a men’s line too but I’ll wait a while before I check that out.